Meet Jack Irish: criminal lawyer, debt collector, football lover, turf watcher, trainee cabinetmaker, and the best Australian crime character we've seen in years.
When Jack receives a puzzling message from a jailed ex-client, he's too deep in misery over Fitzroy's latest loss to take much notice. Next thing Jack knows, the ex-client's dead and he's been drawn into a life-threatening investigation involving high-level corruption, dark sexual secrets, shonky property deals, and murder.
With hitmen after him, shady ex-policemen at every turn, and the body count rising, Jack needs to find out what's going on - and fast.
©1996 Peter Temple (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
No, the narrator was bad and the story was worse.
Not if this is a good example of his writing.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator but I don't think even he could save this book.
This is the first time I have ever put a book down without finishing it (print or audio). I am an avid audio book listener and, until now, I have always stayed with a bad book until the end in the hope that it would improve. I restarted this book twice because it wasn't holding my attention and my mind drifted. On my last attempt, I forced myself to keep listening until I was about halfway through and then finally gave up. There are so many good books and narrators out there that it doesn't make sense to waste this much time on a book that can't hold my interest.
Tried listening to this 3 times now - don't think I will continue although I am curious to see if it will improve.
Book seems like it is being read as a child would read a book report aloud--quickly and without intonation. For us Americans, this makes understanding the Australian language quirks and colloquialisms difficult if not impossible. Jack Irish seems a shallow character who consistently deals with low-life, foul-mouthed Aussies. The differences in the "English" from ours give strange vibes--such as him "swooning" when touched by a woman. Because I can't stay interested in it, I find the plot difficult to follow, and have no real interest in doing so. Thank goodness I didn't spend a credit on this. I can see why it was on sale.
Less profanity and a more organized story.
The story was all over the place at points I had no idea what the heck was even going on.
Narrator was fine.
The basic plot of the story wasn't bad it just wasn't written well.
If you have nothing left to listen to and want to pass a few hours it may be worth a try but in the end it just wasn't something that I enjoyed.
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